3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
God is our merciful Father and source of all comfort. Some have a difficult time with the concept of God the Father because of the relationship they had with their own father as a child. If a person had a father who was abusive or absent from their lives, then the concept of God the Father will be hard for them to understand and receive.
But if we desire to know the character and nature of our Father in Heaven we only need to look to Jesus. For Jesus is the physical representation of the Father. He embodies everything the Father is and Jesus demonstrated the mercy, love, and grace of the Father through His sacrifice at Calvary.
In this world when we choose to follow Jesus Christ and make Him Lord and Savior, we will face trials and challenges. We will experience suffering and sometimes this suffering will be very painful and never seem like it will end.
But God is our source of all comfort. The greatest thing we can do in the place of suffering is draw near to God. For when we draw near to Him and seek Him, He will strengthen us and enable us to overcome. Nothing we will face in this life will be greater than the God we will serve. He has so designed our lives to use the things we face to shape and mold us into the people He has called us to be.
For when the Lord calls us He doesn’t see who we are, He sees the person we will become. For He knew us and chose us before the foundations of the world. May we draw near daily unto Him. May we take joy in the suffering that we face and understand there is no greater honor than to suffer for the name of Jesus. He is coming soon and there is great reward that awaits those who have faithfully served Him upon the earth.